Will Smith previews his version of ‘Aladdin’ classic ‘Friend Like Me’ and it’s actually great


It’s the moment Disney fans are waiting for, and one many are coming at with eyebrows raised — Will Smith’s version of “Friend Like Me.”

The star of the new live action Aladdin takes on the coveted role of the Genie, one immortalised by the late great Robin Williams.

“Robin Williams smashed that role,” Smith told Jimmy Fallon on Monday night, and that Smith himself originally didn’t want to touch the role. “Hell no,” he said, when first asked. And fair enough, people have had their eyes critically fixed on any Genie footage of Smith from square one.

Nonetheless, what pushed him over the line? Messing around with “Friend Like Me,” Smith had the team run the drum beat of The Honey Drippers’ 1973 track “Impeach The President” on top. Read more…

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Remembering the Legacy of Legendary Director John Singleton and his Classic Film “Boyz n the Hood”

Update: 4:45 p.m. EST

According to CNN, John Singleton died on April 29 at 51 years old. His family released the following statement:

“We are sad to relay that John Singleton has died. John passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends. We want to thank the amazing doctors at Cedars-Sinai Hospital for their expert care and kindness and we again want thank all of John’s fans, friends and colleagues for all of the love and support they showed him during this difficult time.”

Hollywood trailblazer John Singleton, who suffered from a stroke and fell into a coma earlier this month, made history when he was just 24 years old with his iconic 1991 film Boyz n the Hood. The groundbreaking movie explored the plight of childhood friends growing up in an inner-city neighborhood stricken by gang violence in South Los Angeles. The film received two Academy Award nominations in 1992, making Singleton both the first African American and youngest person ever to be nominated for Best Director. It also received the nod for Best Original Screenplay. In addition, the film also helped launch the careers of stars like Angela Bassett, Morris Chestnut, and Cuba Gooding, Jr.

At the 2015 American Black Film Festival, Singleton revealed that he had hired a predominantly black crew to make the film as well as a mix of actors and non-actors, some from South LA. “Everyone from the neighborhood was invested in the film. The crew was 97% black,” said the USC School of Cinematic Arts graduate. He described making the film — which was inspired by his real-life friends and the challenges that they experienced in South Central — as “cathartic.” “I wanted to make a film that was quintessentially black American. I think we’ve gotten away from that as filmmakers. We’re too concerned with what others think, not about what’s culturally astute.”

Today, Boyz n the Hood is recognized as one of the most definitive movies of the 90s and an urban classic that continues to resonate with audiences almost 30 years later. “Everything that we dealt with in Boyz n the Hood is still relevant today,” Singleton said. “Black men still feel like they have to prove their masculinity. There’s so much pressure black women and men have to deal with. We’ve become time bombs.” Boyz n the Hood was added to the United States Library of Congress in 2002.

The screenwriter went on to direct a number of other notable films and television series throughout his career, including Poetic JusticeBaby Boy, 2 Fast 2 Furious, the FX crime drama Snowfall, and several episodes of Empire.

Back in 2011, Singleton told BLACK ENTERPRISE that there are fewer opportunities for black directors today to make big-picture films than there were at the start of his career. “I think there is less opportunity now in making big mainstream pictures [for] black filmmakers making films for black audiences,” he said. “It’s harder for us to get a movie made in that vein because they kind of compartmentalized and made it open for just a few people to make pictures.”

Tragically, Singleton suffered from a stroke on April 17 and was placed in intensive care. His mother and business manager, Shelia Ward, filed papers in court requesting conservatorship, stating that Singleton was “unable to provide for his personal needs” or “manage his financial resources,” according to The Associated Press. The court papers also claim that at the time of his stroke, Singleton was “engaged in several business deals” and in the process of signing “a lucrative settlement agreement.” Ward’s claims, however, were publicly refuted by Singleton’s daughter, Cleopatra Singleton, who also opposed the idea of giving her grandmother control over her father’s estate.

At the time of publishing, Singleton was reportedly still on life support and scheduled to be taken off April 29. In a statement, a family spokesperson revealed he had suffered from hypertension. “Like many African Americans, Singleton quietly struggled with hypertension. More than 40% of African American men and women have high blood pressure, which also develops earlier in life and is usually more severe.”

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Original ‘Twilight Zone’ stars on what it’s like being in a cult classic

Bill Mumy and Jan Handzlik took different routes in their careers, but they share a common bond: acting in classic episodes of “The Twilight Zone.” Rod Serling’s black-and-white (mostly horror) anthology series, which originally aired on CBS (1959-64), will return Monday in the form of Jordan Peele’s “Twilight Zone” revival, streaming on CBS All Access…
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Matthew McConaughey’s ‘The Beach Bum’ Is a New Stoner-Comedy Classic


The McConaissance may have climaxed with a 2014 Best Actor Oscar for Dallas Buyers Club, but we’ve only now reached peak Matthew McConaughey, courtesy of The Beach Bum.

An irresistible ode to checking out and tuning in to the mood of the evening, the lull of the ocean, and the sway of the universe—and, just as crucially, one’s hedonistic inner wavelength—Gummo and Spring Breakers auteur Harmony Korine’s comedy (in theaters March 29) is the ideal stoner-movie vehicle for McConaughey’s blissfully chill persona, which here finds its ultimate form via a story that intuitively knows how to go with the flow. It’s a film, and performance, to make you, like, totally euphoric, man.

With long, stringy blonde hair, a scraggly goatee, flip-up sunglasses, a fanny pack and a collection of loud graphically-designed outfits (made for both genders), his Moondog is a higher class of “bottom feeder,” coasting his way through South Florida without a care in the world save for his free-flowing desire to locate the next bong hit, Pabst Blue Ribbon, beautiful woman, and unexpected adventure. With a giddy twinkle in his eye and laughter and barks emanating from the corner of his mouth—the one not holding a joint—McConaughey inhabits his protagonist with an artlessness that’s so full-bodied, and so natural, that it’s easy to forget the two aren’t one and the same. Constantly inebriated and yet rarely out of control—in large part because his gift is embracing chaos in a warm hug—Moondog is the role McConaughey was born to play. One moment quoting D.H. Lawrence, the next crassly expounding on the “off-the-charts fucking medicinal quality” of a crotch massage, he’s a sloshed Dionysus in a Hawaiian shirt.

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Is Anything Truly Classic in Fashion?

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Readers, here’s a question to ponder for today: is anything truly classic in fashion? And if so, what is it? I’ve written before about how when skinny jeans started to come back into style I clung to my bootcuts, insisting that they were a classic look (and one that flattered me). As I write this I’m still not sure I would disagree with the idea of bootcuts as classic, particularly since they’re coming back in fashion now, but what I found was that the things you wear with denim — boots, tops, jackets — all changed to accommodate the look of a skinny jean silhouette, so eventually I felt outdated to wear bootcut jeans. Mark my words, it will happen again as we swing back to denim with more volume on the bottom — it’s the fashion industry’s way of making everyone toe the line and completely replace your wardrobe every ten years. (I’ve said before that I feel like denim trends do influence workwear in significant ways, so keep an eye over the next few years — I wouldn’t be surprised if slim leg ankle pants, the roundest of ballet flats, and untucked/voluminous blouses all start to be scarce…) Readers were recently discussing long necklaces and whether they were in –and I know this question has come up with regards to brooches — so let’s discuss. What does “classic” mean in the fashion context? And what looks or items would you include in the list? Is it a specific base item you adhere to (e.g., bootcut jeans) or is it something more akin to style? 

{related: how to cultivate style}

Things I might argue are classic (but I suspect readers will fight me on at least half of them):

  • a crisp white blouse
  • pointy-toed kitten heels 
  • pointy-toed flats
  • stilettos
  • pencil skirts
  • a sleeveless sheath dress
  • a red lip 
  • classic fitted trench coat

There’s also a list of items that are NEVER “fashionable” but would qualify, I’d argue, as classic, at least in certain parts of the country: pearls, twinsets, Ferragamo pumps, Chanel flats… 

What say you, readers? Is anything truly classic in fashion? Are you making purchasing decisions based on it (i.e., investing a bit more in the workwear pieces you think are classic?)?

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We revisit a classic in this #MarvelUnlimited panel of the week! Feeling romantic? Celebrate Valentine’s week with the wedding of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson: http://bit.ly/2I9frW8

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Giving high school students the tools to question classic literature

Generations of students have read Shakespeare and Hemingway for high school literature class. Assigning these texts without questioning issues of race or gender may exclude students and make them feel their voices are not valued, says a researcher.
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Toya Wright Shows Off Her Toned Thighs And Calls Herself A ‘Classic’

Toya Wright’s latest photo has her fans in awe. She’s showing off a lot of skin, and her message is really bold, but fans agree with her words. Check out Toya’s latest photo here.

‘In a world full of trends, I want to remain a classic. 🏆’ Toya captioned her photo.

Someone told her, ‘You’re already a CLASSIC!!!’ and another follower said ‘I want my legs toned like that!!’

One other supporter wrote this: ‘I guess I’ll go to the gym now. I really wanted to sleep in, but Toya’s thigh muscle spoke to my spirit,’ and a person addressed Toya’s tattoo on her thigh: ‘I like you and your fam, please don’t take this the wrong way but the thigh tattoo is terrible.’

A commenter praised Toya and said ‘You are truly the only woman in the world I would love just to say hi to me. You’re so amazing from your voice to your beauty. Absolutely amazing.’

One of Toya’s fans noticed her pose: ‘@toyawright hunty your pose is your brand babe…..own it cause I can’t see another copping that….you go Queen😘

Toya recently had a big announcement for her fans and followers. She was more than proud and happy to announce her fans, or better said, Reign Rushing’s fans, that the cute bundle of joy is walking!

She will be celebrating her very first year soon, so this achievement comes just in time. Fans could hear Toya having tears in her voice.

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“N” Is For Dad: New Balance’s Classic Runners

When we apply “dad” as an adjective to clothing (dad shoes, dad jeans, dad hat), sometimes we mean a literal association: this is an item a dad would wear. Maybe our dad. There’s a lot of connotation tied up in “dad,” too, based on broad generalizations about dad: he values comfort and ease. He’s not overly concerned about his clothes, but he thinks he looks good. He likes tradition. He’s frugal, but not cheap; he likes good value. Maybe you find these qualities relatable; maybe not! Actual dad may vary.

The king of literal dad shoes remains, in my opinion, the Nike Air Monarch, despite the youth (dads call young people “the youth”) trying to co-opt this symbol of dad culture.

But the top dad sneaker in concept, and the one people keep coming back to, is New Balance. NB hits a lot of dad-centric values. The company has been around for decades, and makes many of its classic models in the United States (and has roots in Boston, a classic dad city). Most of its models come in a mid-gray that, potentially, complements dad’s hair. They’re exceedingly wearable, and rarely flashy. And they make various widths; dad’s feet are probably a mess.

New Balance uses numbers rather than names for their shoe models, which seems like the sort of no-nonsense approach dad would appreciate. (For most modern models, the numbers do in fact have some meaning.) With such similar styling among them, it can be hard to determine which model is a good fit for you, whether you’re a father or not. They nearly all come in gray suede and mesh (among other colors); they all feature the italicized “N” on the side; they all boast various performance features that you, like dad, will not be needing in your life. So here’s a quick guide to New Balance’s daddier models.

The 990 Series

New Balance was the first company to breach the $ 100 mark for a pair of running sneakers with the original 990, which was intended as a top performance running shoe back in 1982. (For reference, adjusted for inflation, that shoe would cost in the area of $ 250 today; a very un-dad amount to spend on sneakers. The Air Monarch is $ 65.) The 990 has been updated several times — a risky move — and each version was a hit with dads, most famously Steve Jobs. To add extra confusion, model names in the 990 series are not consistent, and include 991, 993, and the current iteration, 990v4.

The 990 through the years–1982 design top left; 990v4 bottom right. I see shades of Balenciaga’s triple S in the 992, bottom left.

The 990 designs are consistent in many ways: a runner’s toe (where the rubber on the sole wraps up to the toe), a distinct heel cup, different colors on the midsole designating different density foams, a solid side panel under the N, and in post-1982 versions, web-y panels linking the toe bumper to the lace panels. This is probably to go-to classic dad New Balance, and an unassuming luxury.

An Engineered Garments mixed color panel pair from 2013. Still gray!

It being a postmodern era of sneakers, you can buy several of the 990 versions right now, new. The plain ol’ 990v4 is about $ 175, special editions cost more. New Balance also sells the 990v2, and a retro of the original. You can get the 990v3 in New Balance’s custom program (like Nike ID), and if you want older models, they regularly release retros, and some are still available from places like Joe’s New Balance outlet, a reputable site.

The 998

The New Balance 998 is not in the 990 series, but is like the 990’s slightly chunkier cousin, with a longer tongue and slightly more aggressive drop from heel to toe. The 998 has been the basis for many collaborations and wilder colorways than some other NB models. In my opinion, the 998 has a slightly tech-ier vibe than the early 990s; it’s charming in the same way Disney’s Tomorrowland is charming.

Its lacing is also a little wider than the 990’s, so it looks a little larger on your foot, in my perception. The 998 is far less common than the 990. It takes a little seeking out; for that, it loses dad points, because dad does not spend time shopping for sneakers, unless he think another sporting goods store will have a better price.

1300 Classic

Originally released in 1984, the 1300 was New Balance’s next “Hey this shoe must be great because it’s stupid expensive” venture, at $ 130 original retail. It happens to be my favorite design; I just think it’s a ideally balanced runner. Not too basic and retro, not too technical or complicated. The right proportion of suede to mesh. I like the slight blue cast of the trim on the 1300 classic gray colorway. I’ve owned the current retro model, which is admittedly dear at $ 200 retail. The collector’s special is the 1300JP, which looks a bit more like the original shoe and is released in limited numbers every 5 years or so.

The sought-after 1300JP.

There’s also a current model 1300 walking shoe, which is so dad it’s downright grandfatherly.

The 574

The 574 was arguably New Balance’s first “lifestyle” shoe. It uses some of the same technical features as New Balance’s higher end running shoes, but found its audience in the late 1980s and early 1990s less with dedicated marathoners than with people who just wanted to wear sneakers. It helped that the 574 was cheaper than New Balance’s flagship sneakers — the lower model number at the time indicated, in part, where it sat in New Balance’s pricing structure.

In the 1990s, the 574 was broadly adopted by hip hop and streetwear scenes, leading to dozens of colorways exclusive to specific shops in Japan and the United States. Likewise, it found purchase within the hardcore punk community, largely as part of the jock-riffing straight edge movement, who paired it with camo pants and varsity jackets.

Although the 574 is a later model and derivative of New Balance’s more innovative models, it’s a classic design up there with Vans Eras or Nike Dunks, to me. It doesn’t have the made-in-USA pedigree of the pricier models, but that’s not an expectation we have these days of Nike, Adidas, etc., so it seems unfair to totally hold it against the 574.

New Balance Fits in Almost Anywhere

Besides the dad qualities, one of the amazing things about New Balance is its relevance across the fashion spectrum. Maybe in part because there’s so few connotations with New Balance — unlike, say, basketball or tennis sneakers — it can be worn in nearly any current sneaker-friendly context (important note: New Balance has staked out some political ground that you (or your dad) may or may not like). Fashion dudes wear them to runway shows. Minimalist wardrobe palette guys wear them. Workwear guys wear them. Ivy/Rugged Ivy guys wear them. Americana guys wear them. I guess maybe people still wear them to run?

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Diana Ross To Celebrate 75th Birthday With Re-Release Of Classic Central Park Concert

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The magic of Diana Ross will be honored with a year-long Diamond Diana Celebration, marking the 75th birthday of the music legend.

According to a press release, Fathom Events will launch the festivities on her birthday, March 26, with an exclusive two-day, global theatrical release of “Diana Ross: Her Life, Love and Legacy featuring Diana Ross: Live in Central Park.” The iconic concert was documented in July 1983 and will screen across North America, South America, Europe and Australia (additional dates vary by territory).

The event is executive produced by Ms. Ross and this new presentation of the doc will feature never-before-seen footage with heartfelt messages from the Ross family, including sons Ross and Evan and daughters Rhonda and Chudney, with Tracee Ellis Ross.

“I am so appreciative of Fathom Events for presenting this screening,” said Ms. Ross. “It is one of the most significant and moving and memorable moments of my career. It makes me want to DO IT AGAIN!”

“Diana Ross: Live in Central Park” was filmed over the course of two days when nearly 1.2 million people united on the Great Lawn of Central Park to experience a once-a-in-a-lifetime live moment.

“Hundreds of thousands of fans gathered in New York City during the summer of 1983, becoming a part of music history,” said Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt. “Now a new generation of fans will have the opportunity to witness one of the world’s largest outdoor concerts from their local cinema and relive that momentous time.”

More details, including screening times, locations and ticketing, will be announced in early 2019.

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2019 Movie Preview: ‘Pet Sematary’ Is a Dark and Powerful Take on Stephen King’s Classic Novel

2019 Movie Preview: 'Pet Sematary' Is a Dark and Powerful Take on Stephen King's Classic Novel

2019 sees multiple big-screen adaptations of Stephen King's most notable titles, IT: Chapter 2 and Pet Sematary. The first IT was a record-breaking hit back in 2017, and its sequel will no doubt make waves later in the year. First up, however, is Pet Sematary, a huge fan-favorite thanks to a freaky and wicked story that plays right into the intense emotional connection we have with our pets and our loved ones.

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Goodbye Henri Bendel. A New York City Classic Closes Its Doors

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On a recent Sunday afternoon at Henri Bendel, while looking through crossbody bags, Charly Zubi, a lawyer who lives in Fort Lauderdale but grew up just outside New York City in Westchester, told The Daily Beast, “I’ve been a Bendel girl probably since I was in the womb.” 

It would be Zubi’s last visit to the storied Fifth Avenue department store, which will close in January after 123 years in business. During Bendel’s final holiday season, die-hards and newbies were shopping side-by-side. 

Zubi’s mother had loved the shop, and passed those feelings down to her daughter. As a law student at Fordham, Zubi said she would bring friends to Bendel’s, “Whenever we got really sad or depressed. We’d just come up here and go wild.” 

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‘Working Girl’ at 30: Why the classic rom-com is still relevant

Blow out the candles for New York City’s most iconic rom-com. “Working Girl,” the tale of Tess McGill, a Staten Island gal (played winningly by Oscar nominee Melanie Griffith) with big hair, a big heart and even bigger dreams is turning the big 3-0 — and her hometown is throwing an birthday bash in her…
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‘The Land Before Time’ at 30: Disney Disillusionment Led To a Stone-Cold Classic

In an era when Disney is committed to revisiting its animated classics and reworking them as live-action features (The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, and, due next summer, The Lion King), it’s interesting to consider the legacy of the hand-drawn, 1988 classic The Land Before Time. The film — a beautiful, if surprisingly bleak picture about five orphaned juvenile dinosaurs, fleeing famine and a relentlessly pushy Tyrannosaurus Rex — turns 30 this week.

Not a Disney film, but a film whose production story exists almost entirely within the shadow of The House Of Mouse, The Land Before Time is directed and produced by Don Bluth, a man who has spent his entire career championing the merits of hand-drawn, traditional 2D animation. In fact, during the 1980s and 1990s, Bluth – admittedly, sometimes backed by Steven Spielberg – was more often than not Disney’s most serious competitor. Certainly, Disney’s most vocal critic.

Disney’s Creative Turmoil

Born in El Paso, Texas on September 13th, 1937, Bluth was obsessed with Disney from as early as he could remember. As a child, he’d ride his horse to the local movie theatre, watch Disney films, then go home and draw what he’d seen. In 1955, he got a job at Disney itself, as an assistant to the great John Lounsbery, one of Walt’s legendary Nine Old Men. He did a bit of work on Sleeping Beauty (1959) and The Sword In The Stone (1963). Then, in 1957, he left, subsequently spending two and a half years on a mission in Argentina for The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints. Bluth’s great-grandfather had been Helaman Pratt, an early leader of the church.

Bluth returned to Disney full-time in 1971, five years after Walt’s death. He found a company in financial and creative turmoil.

“I think the later Disney films have turned animated movies into babysitters,” he said in later years. “They’re films you drop your kids off to see while you go shopping.”

Bluth believed that Disney’s creative process had become repetitive, claiming, “We felt like we were animating the same picture over and over again with just the faces changed a little.” He professed anger and frustration that, in his mind, Disney had never bettered Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the company’s first full-length animated picture, released in 1937.

Appealing to the Adult Brain

And so, in 1979, on his 42nd birthday, midway through work on The Fox and the Hound (1981), Bluth handed in his resignation at Disney. Thirteen of his co-workers followed suit. They retreated to Bluth’s garage studio, with a view to making the sort of animated pictures they wanted to see.

“We’re interested in trying to re-establish animation as an art form,” said Bluth, “creating subject matter which will appeal to the adult brain.”

This meant the ‘Don’t Walk Away‘ sequence in the 1980 Olivia Newton-John romantic fantasy movie Xanadu. It meant the brilliant dark fantasy of 1982’s The Secret Of NIMH (which suffered hugely from being released at the same time as Spielberg’s ET: The Extra-Terrestrial). And, really only for the money, it meant the playable-cartoon-cum-videogames Dragon’s Lair and Space Ace (both 1983).

Despite The Secret Of NIMH almost bankrupting Bluth and his partners (and former Disney employees), Gary Goldman and John Pomeroy (the trio had all remortgaged their houses to fund a film which had, in the end, only just broken even), it had found a fan in the aforementioned Spielberg. A committed champion of animation – “With animation, fantasy is your friend,” the ET director once said – Spielberg wanted to make cartoons, and in Bluth and co, he’d found just the men he wanted to make them with. What followed was An American Tail (1986), the first animated feature to out-gross a Disney animated feature, and for a while, the highest grossing animated film of all time. Then came The Land Before Time.

Real-Life Tragedy

The Land Before Time is 69 minutes of everything Don Bluth ever loved about traditional animation. Its use of colour is, even now, an artistic marvel, the way the troupe of dinosaurs’ skin lightens and darkens depending on how exposed they are to the glare of the light. The music, scored by the late James Horner, is as bold as and fantastical as you’d want a prehistoric odyssey to be, while its depiction of mortality is skewed adult-ward, resting at around about the place that’s useful for a child to understand. Holding it all together is the grizzled narration of the great Pat Hingle; often moralistic, always evocative. It’s a film better than anything Disney released in this era, prior to the renaissance kickstarted by The Little Mermaid in 1991.

The Land Before Time is a film infused with tragedy. Judith Barsi, who recorded the voice of the fledgling Saurolophus, Ducky, was dead by the time the film came out, killed after years of abuse by her father József in a murder-suicide, alongside her mother Maria Virovacz, on July 25, 1988. Her last film, All Dogs Go To Heaven (“She was absolutely astonishing,” said Bluth, directing again. “She understood verbal direction, even for the most sophisticated situations.”) was dedicated to her memory.

Sequels Galore

Things never got better for Bluth than The Land Before Time. Feeling his creativity was being neutered by Spielberg (and on The Land Before Time, Spielberg’s partner, George Lucas), their relationship ended when the film was completed. Bluth’s next film, the aforementioned All Dogs Go To Heaven, was released on the same day as The Little Mermaid, and thereafter anything Bluth made was largely lost in the crowd, despite a slight resurgence in 1997 with an adaptation of the life of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, Anastasia.

Despite no involvement from Bluth, Spielberg or Lucas on any of the films that followed, The Land Before Time franchised out, spawning fourteen videogames, a 2007 TV series, and, quite remarkably, 13 (THIRTEEN) sequels — the last of which, Journey Of The Brave, was released as recently as 2016. Candace Hutson, who voiced the stroppy Triceratops, Cera, in the original movie, is the only link with the musical adaptations that followed, lasting three subsequent movies, leaving before 1997’s The Mysterious Island.

Don Bluth lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. He still works from time to time. A Scissor Sisters promo here (2004’s “Mary”), a book there (2005’s The Art Of Animation Drawing), in 2012 he opened the Don Bluth Front Row Theatre in town.

He remains, as he has been throughout all his life, a fan of traditional animation.

US viewers can watch the first ten The Land Before Time films via HBO Go from December.

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Tony Nominee Ra�l Esparza To Appear in Classic Stage Company’s Classic Conversations

Complementing performances of Bertolt Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Classic Stage Company CSC Artistic Director, John Doyle presents Classic Conversations, a rare and intimate evening with acclaimed actor Raul Esparza, currently electrifying audiences in the play’s ruthless titular role.
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‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ trailer syncs up perfectly with a Queen classic


Ain’t it great when things just work out?

Like the latest trailer for Nintendo’s upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which perfectly syncs up with Queen’s classic 1978 hit “Don’t Stop Me Now.”

This magic little match was realised by YouTuber Fennec Fox, who perfectly timed and edited the track and the trailer together for your viewing pleasure.

Two enthusiastic thumbs up for the supersonic timing of Sonic the Hedgehog’s arrival.

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Here Is What The Critics Are Saying About The PlayStation Classic So Far

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When Sony first announced it was joining in on the retro console fun with the PlayStation Classic everyone was excited at the news. Critics were able to preview the mini PS One, and they were not too impressed.

Back in October Sony revealed the complete list of titles that would be featured on the miniature version of the first PlayStation console. It didn’t blow many away leaving much to be desired and now with hands-on reviews rolling in it’s looking like the PlayStation Classic is an enjoyable but incomplete nostalgic experience for fans of the PlayStation system.

Chris Kohler of Kotaku:

“Bare-bones” is probably the most accurate summation I can give of the PlayStation Classic so far. There are no special screen borders or graphic display options. There’s a QR code that will load up manuals on the PlayStation website, but it wasn’t functional during the preview event. There’s a screensaver option that will dim the screen after a few minutes. Even the game selection menu itself is strictly utilitarian; there’s no nostalgic theme song or other cute additions.”

Jonathon Dornbush of IGN:

“I undoubtedly had my fun with a few entries, and could certainly see myself being sucked back into more of Midgar or Snake’s exploits. The list isn’t packed with heavy hitters, though, and knowing what defined the console but didn’t end up being included, along with the lack of nostalgic bells and whistles, can make even those great aspects of the PlayStation Classic feel like part of an incomplete whole.”

Nick Pino of Tech Radar:

“Because it doesn’t rely on the best-remembered games from the ’90s, the PlayStation Classic isn’t quite everything we hoped it’d be. That said, what we feel it lacks in software is made up, in part, by its lovingly crafted hardware.”

There was one positive preview/review from The Verge that did have a few complaints as far as the console’s use or wired controllers and questionable choices for its game lineup. Here is what Nick Statt had to say about the PlayStation Classic:

“Now, if you’re a hardcore fan who remembers those games like you played them yesterday, you’ll probably be fine. But it’s worth noting that this era, while a golden one for a certain type of game fan, is not going to be quite as accessible as the SNES generation of hits. The Verge will have a more comprehensive evaluation of the PS Classic’s lineup later this month when we get our hands on a proper review unit and spend some more time with the device’s library.

All that said, the PS Classic is a faithful and well-made little device, and it’s easy to see how popular it will be among former PS1 owners.”

While those reviews are not very encouraging, we still expect to PS Classic to sell like hotcakes when it arrives December 3rd cause for $ 99 you still are getting a decent retro console. Will these reviews affect your decision to purchase one? Let us know below.

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‘World of Warcraft Classic’ is kind of agonizing


World of Warcraft Classic is delivering on its promise to bring back the original World of Warcraft experience, for better or worse.

I had a chance to play the World of Warcraft Classic demo at BlizzCon, rolling a level 15 Tauren shaman to try to recapture the experience of my youth. Kicking around in the arid Barrens zone that I remember from the good old days, I was struck by how foreign the game felt.

Since WoW first launched in 2004, a ton of changes have been made to the game. Of course there have been some visual upgrades and aesthetic changes, and then the expansion World of Warcraft: Cataclysm changed the actual landscape of many of the games’ zones and storylines. Read more…

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Trish’s Updated Classic Chef’s Kitchen

Inspired by the all black finish and clean lines of the new Riobel Mythic faucet, I wanted to create a kitchen suited to a busy home chef with an updated classic feel. A combination of white and dark wood cabinetry will create a neutral backdrop with plenty of contrast and warmth. Top this off with a stunning Silestone countertop that is both durable and easy to maintain for a dramatic yet elegant look.

A Ikon 33 apron sink in Anthracite is the perfect choice to compliment both the dark countertops and the matte black faucet. The black theme continues with a simple, modern pendant that draws the eye up and creates balance.

Of course, a home chef needs stunning, high quality appliances. The La Cornue range I chose is a showstopper in black and gold for a look that both looks and feels luxurious. And last but not least, every dream kitchen needs a steam oven and coffee centre to really make cooking a dream!


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‘Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ destroys a classic story

Thinking of shaking up your holiday tradition this year and heading to the “Nutcracker” movie instead of the ballet? Don’t tear up those Tchaikovsky tickets just yet, because Disney’s new riff sleighs the beloved tale. “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” warps little Clara’s (Mackenzie Foy) journey to the magical land of sugar plum fairies…
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Classic Cartoon Characters and Their Real-Life Inspirations

Voiced by Jean Vander Pyl, the Jetsons’ robot maid was based on Shirley Booth’s performance of a wise-cracking maid on the 1960s sitcom Hazel. Hazel called her boss “Mr. B,” so Rosie called George Jetson “Mr. J.”

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First ‘Pet Sematary’ Trailer Eerily Resurrects a Classic; Here’s Everything We Know

First 'Pet Sematary' Trailer Eerily Resurrects a Classic; Here's Everything We Know

Paramount has been developing a remake of Pet Sematary since 2011, but the massive success of It has Hollywood scrambling to catch the heat of Stephen King mania. The favor for the author's work has already continued into Netflix's Gerald's Game and 1922. Now we're looking at a new adaptation of Pet Sematary coming soon to theaters.

With just under six months left until the remake arrives, Paramount has released the first…

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Sexy, Classic, Surprising: Inside Meghan Markle’s Royal Wardrobe

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It took Meghan Markle only two seconds to close her own car door on Wednesday. But the moment of relatability left many Markle stans clutching their imitation Aquazzura pumps in celebration. Deal or No Deal-briefcase-girl-turned-royalty… they’re just like us! Except for, you know, the million-dollar wardrobe.

Before closing her own door, Markle had exited the her car in a long-sleeved, black Givenchy number that would come off a bit too Wednesday Addams save for a strategically placed skirt slit. For her first solo outing as a royal, Markle oozed the breezy confidence she’s known for.

Even before joining the royal family, Markle projected self-assuredness. She ran a site called The Tig, where she blogged about independence and living alone. In 2015, she penned an essay for Darling detailing how she found self-confidence as a young actress when a casting director told you, “You need to know that you’re enough.”

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